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SM Adam volume 41/61


[31] Design for a fountain, 1779, executed with minor alterations


Perspective view of a fountain, with a central niche containing circular steps, surmounted by a basin, with a lion mask forming a waterspout above. This is flanked by sloped walls, which terminate in corner plinths supporting urns. Behind this, there is a truncated mound supporting a circular fountain basin, with a central water feature in the form of a swan. This is encircled by a path and miniature pillars, linked by a chain


to a scale


(in the hand of William Adam) Fountain for Mistley Thorn / Right Honble Rich Rigby

Signed and dated

  • August 1779
    Adelphi / 14.t August 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (475 x 303)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 22
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 344
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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